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Soccer drills and skills

This season, never hunt around for a fresh soccer drill again. Get proven and easy to use drills for all groups and abilities with Soccer Coach Weekly. As a coach, it is your job to give your team the skills and technique to be great players.

The soccer drills in this section will help you coach your players in the core skills of the game. We’ll tell you what to look out for, how to get the ideas over to your players, and we’ll give you games and exercises to really power-up their skills.
 

Drills by skill

Drills by age group

Rhythm passing

in Attacking, Passing

This activity is a great way to introduce young players to rhythm passing – that brand of passing in sequence that possession teams do so well. MORE

This is a hold up

in Defending, Practice plans

When defenders hold up forwards, inevitably the attack is slowed down. This type of patient defending allows for your team mates to make recovery runs and track back to help in defence. MORE

Fast finishing

in Shooting, Small Sided Games

This game puts a time pressure on players to score match-winning goals, much like in a real game when the final whistle approaches and a team needs to score. It’s a fun session that your players will really love. MORE

Control games

in Attacking, Small Sided Games

This session is all about setting up and supporting an attacker. If you want your players to learn how to score from a fast counterattack, this is a great session – and it also has possession and pressing action points. MORE

Create like Di Maria

in Attacking, Passing

A great training session to encourage goalscoring chances created from balls played into the penalty area by clever wingers like PSG’s Angel Di Maria. MORE

Wake up at the back!

in Defending, Email newsletters

Defending can be waiting game for teams that play a good attacking game and dominate the opposition. How do you keep them alert, organised and ready to drop back, recover and defend a counter attack or long ball over the top? MORE

Two runners

in Attacking, Tactics

This set is set up to improve general movement in players when they are in possession of the ball and attacking the opposition goal MORE

Support play

in Attacking, Small Sided Games

Players work on through balls, angled passes, chips and more. It trains players to time their runs, arc their runs, and be creative. The zones help players practise beating the offside trap. MORE

How to coach diagonal pass drills- part 1

Moonrakers

in Passing, Practice plans

English Premier League midfield stars such as Paul Scholes, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard use raking diagonal passes at every opportunity to open their opponent’s defence. This creates 1v1 crossing situations or chances to run behind the defence and into goal-scoring positions. This session will improve your team’s ability to do the same. MORE

How to coach keep ball - part 1

Keep ball

in Midfield, Practice plans

The success of Spain at international level proves a game based on possession can win the biggest trophies. Try this exercise with your players and they will start appreciating the value of keeping the ball. MORE

Battle for space

in Attacking, Passing

This replicates a midfield battle with the final pass vital to scoring points in the game. Players learn where and when to make the pass and how movement off the ball is vital to success. MORE

Passing passion

in Attacking, Passing

This passing sequence is an excellent and fun way for your players to acquire the passing skills needed for effective linking play MORE

Right place, right time

in Defending, Tactics

This is a great session for coaching cover individually and working as a unit and to get the player nearest the ball to hold up and force play away before it gets to a danger zone. Use this session to teach your players defensive covering. MORE

Hot press

in Defending, Tactics

This activity will teach individual players to understand their roles in defensive pressing by applying the general pressing cues in a functional and geographically specific context MORE

Defend the corner

in Defending, Practice plans

Teach your players how to organise themselves to defend a corner, which areas to defend and how to quickly execute counter attacks when clearing the ball. This session can be adapted for mini soccer, intermediate or 11v11 adult football. MORE


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